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Sunday, August 23, 2015

46 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian. In addition, he repaired
a large hernia from a male dog and removed a
venereal tumor from a female dog.

In this clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 26 dogs and 20 cats. Of the dogs, 20 were female and 6 were male. Of the cats, 10 were female and 10 were male. (We had an unusually large amount of cats today.)


Rosemary Rios, one of our star volunteers has completed her EMT training. She has just received a scholarship to go to China for three months for Emergency Pediatric training. We will miss her at our clinics while she's gone but we are happy for her wonderful opportunity.

And Joselyn Espinosa, who has volunteered as registrar, will  no longer be able to attend. She begins training at Hotel Bambito as a chef for the tourist business.

We never know what we will experience at each clinic. Unusual for this one was the most VERY smelly vomit and poop that we've had before. Bringing those smelly blankets home to wash was really fun. (Sarcasm.)

Don Binder has received some bites and scratches previously, but I had my first "clinic injury" today--a very angry cat mauled my hand. 

I have a pedometer and I was curious to see how far I walk during a clinic. It was 4.8 miles today. At least I am able to move around. Dr. Tello has to stand in one place operating all day.

On a very sad note, we had to euthanize my big dog Rusty today. 

Below is Rusty when I first rescued him in 2010. He was about a year old.  He had been hit by a car and he had a huge wound on his chest plus a broken hip. He couldn't even get up. Dr. Tello repaired the wound and broken hip and of course neutered him. Rusty had a very happy life with me ever since.


Above: Rusty soon after Dr. Tello healed the chest wound and his broken hip. He was a beautiful and happy dog.

A few months ago Dr. Tello amputated a rear leg because Rusty had a cancerous tumor on the bone. But we soon found that the cancer had already spread. A few months after the amputation, a huge growth developed on Rusty's hip and Rusty was in a lot of pain. Below shows the huge growth.

Dr. Tello euthanized Rusty on Sunday, August 23, 2015. My good friend Andrea Gonella had prepared a grave for Rusty on his finca.  We buried Rusty the following Monday, August 24th.

 Go with God, my sweet Rusty.

I have a new rescue. People brought the dog to my house on August 2nd after he had been hit by a car. Fortunately, nothing was broken but he (now called Scottie) had many abrasions and a badly damaged foot. Dee Braden has supplies for natural healing, including bentonite clay. Every two days while necessary she came to help treat and bandage Scottie's wound. Now it no longer needs to be bandaged. Although the wound still looks red and raw, it is healing rapidly and is about half the size as shown in the picture to the right. Now Scottie hardly ever even limps, and Dr. Tello sterilized him today.

We had 10 no-shows today, 5 female dogs and 5 female cats. Jose, my employee, calls everyone in advance to confirm. It is very discourteous for people not to call to cancel if they can't come. Even calling on the morning of the clinic would be acceptable. Fortunately, we were able to serve some animals that came without appointments. 

Our next clinic will be on September 27. Again, I will schedule up to 50 to allow for last-minute cancellations and no-shows.  Please call for an appointment. 

Be sure to click the link below for the Picasa web album of pictures taken during this clinic. 

You may click the PayPal "Donate" button below to help the animals. It is to my personal PayPal account at muffiemae@gmail.com and your contribution will not be US tax deductible. Please specify your payment is for  "friends or family" so that PayPal will not charge a fee and every penny will go for the animals. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can use a credit card.   

Except for our wonderful veterinarian, neither I nor anyone else connected with the clinics receives any pay. I rent the building where we hold the clinics, and I buy all the anesthesia, medications, instruments, supplies, and equipment--and provide transportation for those who need it. I have no offices, no salaries, no paid advertising. Every penny goes for the animals. This is a project from my heart, and I pay the deficits from my own pocket. 

Thank you in advance for future financial help, and thanks to everyone who has donated in the past.


Joselyn Espinosa  handled registration.
Joselyn's sister, Cristina, assisted with pre-op injections. 
Don Binder weighed animals and gave the anesthesia injections. He and Elsi Morales gave the pre-op injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory. They also put mineral oil in the eyes of the animals so they would not dry out, applied flea and tick treatment, and performed whatever other duties were needed. 
Jose Espinosa, my permanent employee, also drives my car to provide transportation for animals when necessary. Then Jose and I go to the clinic building the following week to clean, bring home blankets to wash, and organize for the next one. (Dee Braden is a surgical nurse, fairly new to this area, and we are very happy to have her as a new regular volunteer.)
Rosemary Rios, Francia Pinedo, Stephanie Rodriguez and Dee Braden assisted Dr. Tello, gave post-op injections of B-12 and antiparasite. They dressed the incisions,  tattooed the ears of female dogs, generally checked the well being of the animals. 
Alex Rios cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments.

As always, we had a great team of volunteers and everything ran very smoothly! 

We had a lot of delicious food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who contributed: Susan Lovett for the main dish, Roseanne Bateman for dessert, Don Binder for desert, and Amanda Rankin for fruit. I took organic oranges from my house to share with the group.

Income and expenses: 

$  635.00*

contributions by guardians/owners

      25.00     cash donation by Al Jan (Boquete)
      70.00     cash donation  Judy Odom (Boquete)
     100.00     cash donation anonymous, Volcan
      25.00     cash donation by William Feader/Roseanne Bateman (Volcan)
$  855.00       Total Cash Contributions

*Note: The $635 contributions by guardians/owners were for spaying and neutering only. Payments for other procedures were paid to Dr. Tello separately. Neither those payments nor the charges for other services are  included in the income and expenses.

At this August 23, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 26 dogs and 20 cats. With my average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $950.00 plus $100 for building rent for a total of $1,.050. Income this month was $855 leaving a deficit of $195. My current out-of-pocket expenses are $1,387.75. (I paid for 9 dogs and 2 cats at this clinic. Without your donations my deficit would have been much larger. Thank you very much!)

My heartfelt thanks for the generous donations of those who have contributed for this clinic, who have contributed in the past, and who will contribute in the future! We need and appreciate your help! Love and thanks to everyone!

This little puppy loves her
daddy! And he loves her.


For other pictures taken during the clinic, click HERE. Click on the first image to enlarge it, then you can advance through the rest of the pictures.


Here in Volcan, our small group has been responsible for sterilizing 3,185 dogs and cats to date. (And this number does not include the extraordinary surgeries that Dr. Tello has performed at our clinics...removal of tumors, amputations, etc., nor the clinic we performed in Davila in which 35 dogs were sterilized.) 

There are many more to go, but we are making progress!  Our goal is to sterilize at least 75% of the dogs and cats in the Volcan area, and thus almost completely solve the problem of homeless dogs and cats, and the terrible venereal disease suffered by so many dogs--but thankfully, we see a lot fewer venereal tumors than we did in the past!.

Unless your dog/cat is totally confined and unable to continue the population increase (AND the spread of venereal disease), please do the humane thing of having them sterilized!

For the health and safety of your dog/cat, however, have the sterilization performed by a competent vet who is experienced in early sterilization (eight weeks of age and up) and small-incision surgeries, and one who closes with stainless steel sutures....like Dr. Tello, who we are so fortunate to have operate at our clinics. (I do not trust care of my dogs or injured dogs that I find in the street to ANYONE except Dr. Tello.)

Thanks to everyone who participated in our clinics today, and to those who had their pets sterilized. Always remember that TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Dorothy Atwater -  6517-8752 or muffiemae@gmail.com

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